Day 6 of the PNB Paribas Open is going to have a hard time matching the excitement of Day 5.
There are enough big names that the possibility of upstaging Monday's action exists, but with Rafael Nadal falling to Alexandr Dolgopolov, there is a tough act to follow.
This tweet from Greg Sharko adds some context:
Even if Day 6 does not live up to Monday, it still promises to be an exciting day of tennis.
You can check out the full tournament bracket at the ATP website.
Here are the matches scheduled for Day 6:
|Indian Wells Schedule Day 6|
|Stadium 1 Start 2 p.m. ET|
| Tommy Robredo (ESP)|| Marin Cilic (CRO)|
| Jelena Jankovic (SRB)|| Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)|
|Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)|| Novak Djokovic (SRB)|
| Alize Cornet (FRA)|| Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)|
|Stadium 1 Not Before 10:00 p.m. ET|
|Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)|| John Isner (USA)|
|Stadium 1 Not Before 11:30 p.m. ET|
| Na Li (CHN)||Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)|
|Stadium 2 Start 2 p.m. ET|
| Simona Halep (ROU)|| Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)|
| Richard Gasquet (FRA)|| Fernando Verdasco (ESP)|
| Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)|| Ernests Gulbis (LAT)|
|[Q] Dominic Thiem (AUT)||Julien Benneteau (FRA)|
|Stadium 3 Start 2 p.m. ET|
|Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)||Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)|
|Feliciano Lopez (ESP)||Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)|
|[Q] Casey Dellacqua (AUS)||Lauren Davis (USA)|
|[Q] Camila Giorgi (ITA)|| Flavia Pennetta (ITA)|
Jelena Jankovic (7) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (10)
If you like long rallies, this match will delight you. Jelena Jankovic and Caroline Wozniacki share similar games. Both former world No. 1 players are among the best defensive players on the circuit.
Wozniacki leads the all-time series between the two by a slim 5-4 total.
I'm not sure how much we can gather from that record; the two haven't played in two years. Although, it has to be noted that Wozniacki has won five in a row.
Wozniacki struggled to reach this point. She went three sets before beating Yaroslava Shvedova, 7-6(7) 3-6 6-1. Meanwhile, Jankovic breezed past Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets.
I'm siding with Jankovic due to her current form. In her two matches at this tournament, she hasn't let an opponent win more than three games in any set.
Wozniacki will have far more success than that, but Jankovic's confidence will carry her to a three-set victory.
Prediction: Jankovic def. Wozniacki 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3
Tommy Robredo (16) vs. Marin Cilic (24)
Tommy Robredo and Marin Cilic have met three times, with Robredo owning a 2-1 lead. He won one on grass and the two have split their two hard-court meetings.
They have not met since 2009, and that matchup came at this very tournament. Robredo won 7-5, 7-6 (2).
Both have played just one match at this tournament. Cilic breezed past Paolo Lorenzi, 6-2, 6-2. Robredo had a much harder time. He persevered past Marinko Matosevic, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4.
As Sharko tweets, he's been even better than that record over the last six weeks:
Cilic will come out strong and overwhelm Robredo, and Robredo won't be able to recover.
Prediction: Cilic def. Robredo 6-3, 7-5
Alejandro Gonzalez vs. Novak Djokovic (2)
I'm going to get out in front of this prediction and say Novak Djokovic is on his way to claiming this title.
The world No. 2 has not only not won a tournament this year, he hasn't reached a final. Nole knows it's time to turn it on.
Josh Meiseles, on ATPWorldTour.com, offered up this quote from Djokovic prior to his first match: “Indian Wells and Miami is where I want to reach the peak of my performance, and I want to try to get as far as I can and have a good season.”
Djokovic started off slowly in his first match, but he was dominant by the end of it. He beat Victor Hanescu 7-6 (1), 6-2.
Now he is going to take that top form and overwhelm Alejandro Gonzalez.
Gonzalez has never faced Djokovic. In fact, Gonzalez is making his ATP Masters 1000 debut at this event.
Gonzalez is ranked No. 91, but he is playing over that ranking. He defeated 31st-seeded Ivan Dodig to reach this match.
That surprising run will come to a crashing end when he encounters an in-form Djokovic.
Prediction: Djokovic def. Gonzalez 6-2, 6-2